Georgia’s Kendell Williams wins at USATF Juniors

EUGENE, Ore. | Georgia true freshman Kendell Williams returned to Eugene, Ore., this weekend after winning the NCAA heptathlon title in mid-June and captured the 100-meter hurdles championship at the USATF Junior Championships.

The Marietta native clocked her third American Junior record of 2014 to win the 100 hurdles with a school record time of 12.87. This topped the country’s former No. 1 mark of 12.91 set by Kristi Castlin in Gainesville, Fla., in 2007. Williams’ time is the second fastest in World Junior history and only .03 seconds off the 26-year-old World Junior record of 12.84.

This gives Williams, who bested her own school record with a 12.98 in the prelims on Saturday before shaving more time off her finish Sunday, three American Junior Records during her first season with the Lady Bulldogs.

The 5-foot-9 Kell High School graduate established new World Junior and American Junior records while winning the NCAA pentathlon crown in March. Williams also set an American Record in the heptathlon while winning the Bulldog Heptathlon in Athens earlier in the outdoor season.

Williams will now represent the U.S. at the World Junior Championships, which are also in Eugene on July 22-27. Williams is a semifinalist for The Bowerman Trophy, which is given to collegiate track and field’s most outstanding performer, and three finalists will be named on Thursday, July 10.

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